Control Arm Bushing Bolt

So I changed my control arm on my 2002 P5 the other day and when I went to put in the new one I had a problem with the bolt that goes through the bushing...It was hard to get that bolt free but I just kept on it and it came out...So when I was putting it back in the bolt just continues to turn even after it's all the way in...I have seen a couple posts on here about similar issues...But no answer to my problem...I just turned it until it was all the way in and drove it like that for a day or two...When I went and checked on it the bolt was almost out...Other people were talking about using a torch and cutting it open or something but I don't have a torch or the skill to do something like that...Is there some alternative way like maybe getting a nut with some thread locker on it and get it in above the bushing? I realize it has to leave the bushing free to move as the vehicle turns, so maybe just leaving it as much free movement as possible but getting something to hold it in above it...

Any help is appreciated, thanks.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
So when I was putting it back in the bolt just continues to turn even after it's all the way in...
I'm pretty sure that there is a nut on the end of the bolt. You struggled to remove it because it was spinning. I think is bound enough to unscrew and then fell off. Check the other side to see what's above the bolt.

Are you talking about part #8 in the diagram?

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Is there some alternative way like maybe getting a nut with some thread locker on it and get it in above the bushing?
Yes,.. get a nut.
I think you've got nothing but bolt threads above the bushing.

I realize it has to leave the bushing free to move as the vehicle turns,
That bushing doesn't turn, it just pivots up and down as the wheel goes up and down.

so maybe just leaving it as much free movement as possible but getting something to hold it in above it...
Any help is appreciated...
There is a metal tube inside the bushing (part #8) so that you can crank your bolt tight without compressing the rubber bushing.

You can lock it tight.
 
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pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
Getting that bolt through part #8 was a PITA for me.

I had to compres the strut, and loosen all the bolts on the lower bracketto get the control arm level so that the bolt was square with the hole.

The friction of a "cross threaded" bolt is enough to snug it up and spin, but not to lock it down.
 
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pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
If I'm wrong about the nut and bolt, and instead, there is a weld nut above the bushing that is stripped, you should be able to use a nut and bolt through it.

You may have to drill out the weld nut, for a new bolt to fit through.

You can feed the bolt down from the top so you just have the head of the bolt above the weld nut.

Check for clearance with what would be full compression of the strut to see if the bolt head would hit anything.
 
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pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
I replaced my control arms a long time ago and I kinda forget if there is a nut up top.

But I remember that getting that damn bolt through part #8 was a b****.
 
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So I'm still driving as it was.. It is a weld nut on top and i can't access that area... So I'm hoping to fit a nut with threadlocker on it above the control arm bushing... I been super busy but I'll try to do it soon and let ya know the outcome...
 
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